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Report: Binance to be monitored by FRA for the next 3 years

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DOJ Appoints FRA to Monitor Binance Compliance Amid Plea Deal

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has taken a significant step in ensuring compliance within the cryptocurrency exchange industry by appointing international consultancy firm Forensic Risk Alliance (FRA) to monitor Binance over the next three years. This move comes as part of Binance’s plea deal in November 2023, where the exchange pleaded guilty to money laundering and other federal charges, resulting in a hefty $4.3 billion fine.

FRA will have full access to Binance’s internal records, premises, and employees to provide regular updates to the government on the company’s activities. This decision was made after law firm Sullivan and Cromwell, initially in line for the contract, was passed over due to their prior work for rival crypto exchange FTX, which faced allegations of fraud and misconduct.

Despite missing out on the monitoring role, there are reports that Sullivan & Cromwell may still be selected for a separate five-year monitoring role for Binance, representing the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. This development comes shortly after Binance’s former CEO, Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, was sentenced to four months in prison for failing to maintain an effective Anti-Money Laundering program at the exchange.

While prosecutors had initially sought a three-year prison term for Zhao, the judge ultimately decided on a shorter sentence, citing a lack of evidence that Zhao was directly involved in any illegal activities at Binance. This latest appointment of FRA and the ongoing legal proceedings surrounding Binance highlight the increasing scrutiny and regulation within the cryptocurrency industry.

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